Gabby's Journal Entry #1

"And So It Begins"

Wow.  We leave TOMORROW.  August 27,2003.  (5762 conversations in Gabby's recent past" "So when are you leaving?" asks friend, curiously and caringly.  "August 19th for Chicago and August 27th we leave for Guatemala" I reply in an automatic but excited and appreciative response).  I remember when it seemed SO FAR AWAY and now we're spending our last night in the U.S. in a dorm room in Chicago with two twin beds pushed together and Scott sleeping in the crack. Yes, he loves me that much!  Our room has been really chilly and because were were too lazy to get blankets, we're using our fancy, they're-my-new- favorite-accessory mummy sleeping bags sort of flattened out.  It's charming.

I can't even begin to explain what this whole experience was/is like, but - I'll try.  A year and a half ago this started because Scott said, "Hey wouldn't it be cool if..." and now our lives are changed forever.  Unfortunately for all of you, I'm in a more contemplative mood tonight, so please bear with me.  Being yuppie-D.I.N.Ks (dual income no kids), Scott and I were busy coasting through life on easy steet when God decided we needed a change.  And boy, he wasn't messin' around.  It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes, "I know God won't give me anything I can't handle, I just wish he didn't trust me so much" - Mother Theresa.  Man, Theresa, you AIN'T LYIN'!

So we've been in Chicago this week, learning, closing on our house, worshiping, singing, hanging out with the other volunteers (YAVs) and eating like we are having our last meal every time we step into the cafeteria.  Bye-bye Body-for-Life, HELLO Bellies!  The time here has been both enriching and scary.  There have also been times when I felt like I been given a headache in a jar. There's so much to process - cultural awareness, global economies, injustices and the stories.   Wow, the stories... 

Our "sweet"mate Hanna

Jen & Scotty cheese'n it before we leave

So tomorrow we leave with a great responsibility.  We become liaisons of the church and soon part of a new family in faith.  We will walk with the people we meet, learn from them and grow with them.  Someone here said "I am, because we are, because Christ is".  What a great way to express the community we hope to strengthen and the richness of life we are about to experience. 

I am so blessed to be on this journey with the man I love, with the love for and from all of you.  I'll miss you this year but know, you are in my heart.

Bible Verse

So I just had this inspiration that every month I'll try to include a verse that explains where I am at the moment.  My choice is below but has to be read as though it is describing God's kingdom here on earth.  (Check me out.. learning bible verses and referring to them!)

Matthew 25: 14 - 30